Where should I stay when Yellowstone is full?

There are many lodging options near Yellowstone. Your choice will depend on your personal preference and how far you wish to drive to see the sights you wish to visit in Yellowstone.

West Yellowstone, Montana offers the greatest number of hotel rooms and cabins, Cooke City / Silver Gate, Montana the least.

Where should I stay near Yellowstone?

Each of the five entrances to Yellowstone is adjacent or near a gateway community. The various lodging options in the gateway communities run the gamut from relatively inexpensive to upscale and expensive, and include national chain lodging properties as well as unique, local accommodations.

Your choice of lodging in a given gateway community will involve some driving time to see Yellowstone.

Where should I stay in Yellowstone?

If you wish to lodge inside of Yellowstone National Park, it is best to plan well ahead of time as most of the rooms inside the park fill a year ahead of time.

The park is very large. When choosing a lodging option, one approach is to pick a hotel or lodge near attractions you wish to visit.

When is Yellowstone open?

Although Yellowstone National Park is open year around, the park is fully accessible only from late May/early June to late October.

The northern section of the park’s roadway, from the North entrance at Gardiner, Montana to the northeast entrance at Cooke City, Montana is the only portion open year around.

Mid-December through early March is winter season, during which oversnow vehicles are permitted on snow-groomed roadways of the lower loop of the park, and from Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris Geyser Basin.

What would happen if the volcano in Yellowstone erupted?

The Yellowstone supervolcano is different from a regular volcano. Residing underneath Yellowstone, the supervolcano generates enormous amounts of heat near the surface of the ground that in turn powers the thousands of geysers, hot pools, mud pots and steam vents in the park. Geological studies indicate that over the course of recent millions of years the supervolcano has erupted approximately every 600,000 years.

Can you drive in Yellowstone?

The northern section of Yellowstone, from the North entrance at Gardner, Montana to the Northeast entrance at Cooke City, Montana, is open to automobile traffic throughout the year. All roads in the Park are generally open from June through late October, depending upon weather conditions and/or road construction projects. Roads in the park in addition to the northern section are partially open from late April through May, late October, and the first week of November.

What is the best time to visit Yellowstone?

Although Yellowstone National Park is open year around, certain times are better to visit than others. The park is primarily open from May to October, with the months of July and August attracting the largest number of visitors. May, June and September are somewhat less crowded, and the weather during this time can still be a bit cool due to Yellowstone’s high altitude.

Explore the amazing wonders of Yellowstone National Park. A guide to visitor centers, park regulations and the top things to know before visiting Yellowstone.

For some 150 million years geological processes, from glacial sculpting to volcanic activity, have crafted the mountains, canyons and plateaus of Yellowstone National Park. The Park’s geysers, hot springs, mudpots and steam vents are powered by volcanic forces.

Yellowstone History

Set aside in 1872 as the world’s first national park, Yellowstone to many early explorers and visitors was simply known as “Wonderland.” “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people” reads the vast stone archway at the Park’s northern entrance.

Fishing

Anglers from all over the world come to fly fish the waters of Yellowstone. Here native trout live in pristine rivers, streams and lakes amid unparalleled beauty, wildlife and wilderness.

Yellowstone Wildlife

Grizzlies. Wolves. Bison. Moose. Elk. Pronghorn. And so much more. Yellowstone is America’s Serengeti. And always remember: the animals are wild and dangerous! Maintain a proper distance as Park rules require

Yellowstone Maps

At 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Whether you are driving or hiking for the first or twentieth time, maps are a necessity.

Yellowstone is open (access limited)

Conditions in the park can change quickly, especially when winter storms hit during spring and fall. The map on this post (click title) lists current road status and highlights construction projects that might affect travel plans. Temporary road closures and delays may not be shown on this map.

2018-2019 Winter Opening Dates

Conditions permitting, roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 8 am on the following dates:

  • December 15: West Entrance to Old Faithful, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Canyon to Norris, Canyon to Lake, Old Faithful to West Thumb, South Entrance to Lake, Lake to Lake Butte Overlook.
  • December 22: East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass)

It’s not like being here in person, but from your home or office Yellowstone’s live webcams are a great way to see the beauty and wildness of Wonderland each and every day.

Another Reason to Bring Your Smartphone to Yellowstone

Roosevelt Arch - Yellowstone National Park
Roosevelt Arch – Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park is now embracing decidedly 21st century technology at park entrances.

Starting this month, visitors who travel to Yellowstone National Park with their smartphones in pocket — and who doesn’t travel with a smartphone these days? — have the option of purchasing a digital pass online prior to their visit, and then displaying the digital pass on their smartphone at the entrance booth.

Yellowstone Winter 2018 Trip Report, Days 0-10 (1/21-31)

From the Yellowstone Net Discussion Forum – Read the complete thread here

Post by Max » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:12 pm

I will be updating this thread with excerpts and links to my Winter 2018 trip reports, which will be posted every few days on my blog.

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January 21, 2018
It’s been a while since I’ve flown out to Yellowstone for a winter trip, and it’s something I’ve never done for a tour-oriented trip.

Mirror Plateau Backpacking Trip

From the Yellowstone Net Discussion Forum – Read the complete thread here

Post by Scatman » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:49 pm

This is a report from a seven day backpacking trip in July that took our group up onto the Mirror Plateau before heading off-trail to Opal Creek, Mirror Lake, Upper Pelican Creek, then heading down Raven Creek, up and over Lovely Pass to Mist Creek, and finally down Mist Creek and the Lamar River back to the Soda Butte Trailhead.
Yellowstone Trip June/July

Post by yellvet » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:46 pm

See the complete forum thread here

Trip Dates: June 15 thru July 14th

We camped at the Mammoth Campground before the Slough Creek CG opened, because I wanted to photograph the elk newborns and spring wildflowers. Had a wonderful time and wasn’t the least bit disappointed.

Planet Yellowstone: Live from the park, part 8

 by Helene on Wed May 30, 2012 10:31 pm

No Internet yesterday, just got in the Motel 6 in Jackson. Scrambling to keep up late in the game too, I’ve been talking (and seeing) too much and writing too little. So here is the old news first, hopefully I can tell you about today, tomorrow.

Visitors should plan well ahead of time to secure lodging in the Yellowstone area. From the rustic and world famous Old Faithful Inn to modern hotels in the Park’s gateway communities, there are lodging options for any need.

At 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Whether you are driving or hiking for the first or twentieth time, maps are a necessity

Old Faithful. Beehive. Grand Prismatic. Morning Glory. These are but a few of the thousands of amazing geysers and beautiful hot springs of Yellowstone that comprise the greatest collection of thermal features on planet Earth.

Set aside in 1872 as the world’s first national park, Yellowstone to many early explorers and visitors was simply known as “Wonderland.” “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people” reads the vast stone archway at the Park’s northern entrance.

Amazing geysers. Beautiful hot springs. Magnificent waterfalls. Vast wilderness. North America’s greatest display of free-roaming wildlife. Here’s where to start planning your Yellowstone adventure.

Get the latest news and weather from Yellowstone National Park. Disscusion Forum Feeds, Weather maps, NPS News feed Road Conditions and more.

Grizzlies. Wolves. Bison. Moose. Elk. Pronghorn. And so much more. Yellowstone is America’s Serengeti. And always remember: the animals are wild and dangerous! Maintain a proper distance as Park rules require.

7 day pass

Private, non-commercial vehicle$35
Motorcycle$30
Individuals by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.$20
Specimen Ridge Sept.– YNet Discussion Forum Post

Finally found the big ones!

by MGoBlue on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Turned out the third time was the charm — It’s not really that hard, but we’d tried twice before to find the massive vertical petrified trees on Specimen Ridge. These are among the ones featured in Knowlton’s 1921 monograph for the USGS called Fossil Forests of the Yellowstone National Park, which you can access online at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/onli … /index.htm.